The ancient Israelites, at the time of Moses, were terrified by the fiery flying serpent that caused many human deaths. Recent investigations suggest the fiery flying serpent of the Old Testament was not actually a snake but a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur. Even more recently, “pterodactyl attacks” against humans in Canada have been reported in a nonfiction cryptozoology book, Bird From Hell, by Gerald McIsaac. This author believes that many human deaths may have been caused by attacks from what some Native Americans in British Columbia call the “devil bird.”
The “pterodactyl attacks” do not seem to come just from the imagination of the author of Bird From Hell, although he displays a keen sense of imagination in his writing (not necessarily in any negative sense of “imagination”). He reports quite a few cases in which residents of a sparsely-populated area of British Columbia have been attacked at night by a large flying creature.
From the Book “Bird From Hell”
(From page 23)
This horse was not killed by a bear, a wolf, or a cougar. . . . None of these animals carries part of their dinner to the top of nearby trees, and they certainly have no reason to break branches on those trees.
Page 52 tells of an encounter between a “Devil Bird” and a “large” girl who thought that another kid was sneaking up to tease her one night:
She charged over to the misguided soul who was irritating her. As soon as she got close, she realized her mistake. It was not one of the boys, but it was her worst nightmare, a devil bird. She realized she was attacking what she feared the most. She was not the only one who was scared. The devil bird [feeling it was under attack] decided to retreat, and it did in a manner that left the girl astounded. [It] released a cloud of smoke, flapped its wings, and flew away.
After reading that page with “released a cloud of smoke,” I phoned the author and told him something of what I knew about that behavior. The mist (“cloud of smoke”) is not to hide the flying creature; it is a poisonous vapor that is very harmful if inhaled, probably used in both defense and attack. It may be the main tool the creatures have for overcoming animals (or humans) that are much heavier than they are.
How could the author have known about that behavior of some of the modern flying cryptids that investigators believe are living pterosaurs? I have written more about apparent living pterosaurs, in the past eight years, than any other cryptozoologist in the world, to the best of my knowledge, with over a thousand web pages and blog posts and several editions of two books, yet I have almost never, if ever, mentioned “smoke” or “vapor” or “mist.” Until a couple of weeks ago, I had rarely mentioned this obscure detail to anybody, and a researcher, using Google searches, could have searched for a year, doing not much else besides Google searching, without finding any reference to a modern living pterosaur ejecting a poisonous vapor (either for defense or offense). To the best of my knowledge and memory, the world’s leading expert on that narrow subject has not yet published anything on it and he still remains anonymous (I will not reveal his name). Years ago I had the privilege of talking with him face to face and listening to what he had learned from his research. During my phone conversation with Gerald McIsaac, however, I learned that the (anonymous) researcher had also spoken with McIsaac by phone (probably after reading that same page in Bird From Hell, like I had done). The “Devil Bird” may be more dangerous than McIsaac had imagined, and I told the author just that.
I hope that no pterosaur was responsible for any of the human deaths in British Columbia, Canada, along the 500-mile stretch of highway from Prince George to Prince Rupert . . . we now face a present danger, a warning from Gerald McIsaac, author of Bird From Hell, who believes that “most of the hitchhikers [on this highway at night] who disappear have been killed by this animal. It is also my opinion that many of the people who have disappeared have not been reported.”